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this afternoon, and almost crossed paths as president obama headed to kent state, and romney to toledo. >> if you're registered, you can start to vote in six days. and this is important because you have a big choice to make. >> reporter: romney got support from ohio native and golfing legend, jack nicklaus and romney zeroed in on an issue he believes he can exploit. >> in my opinion, it is immoral to pass on obligations like that to the next generation. >> reporter: for his part, president obama is reminding voters that the economy is improving, that the unemployment is below the national average, because of the auto bailout. more reasons why this could be a tough state for romney. >> all right, in toledo, ohio tonight, thank you. >>> we're learning more about the attack on the american consulate in benghazi, libya, which killed a u.s. ambassador and three other americans. the obama administration says it was a planned terrorist attack, and the fbi is investigating a possible al qaeda link, and an issue that secretary of state hillary clinton discussed today. meanwhile, ann curry sat down with th
approval rating, romney favorability, and who wins on the economy. in three states, the president had a job approval rating of 49 or above. romney's unfavorable rating was higher than his favorable rating, and the president led romney on the economy. in three of those stays, iowa, ohio, new hampshire. just one state did you have the president's job approval rating 48% or over and romney winning on the issue of the economy. that's north carolina. if you look at it that way and go to the map to 270, what does that mean, and you put those four states into the respective categories, and look at. this the president for suur sho. romney a long way to go has to sweep the rest. there are five left in the background. florida, virginia, wisconsin, colorado, nevada. this is where if romney does do what chris christie said he will do, the first place you'll see it are in the five states that are left. >> ralph reed, that's a lot of movement that has to take place to overcome where the campaign is. yet you heard chris christie say it this morning on the program, we'll have a new dynamic come thursday mo
of the united states. >> as you well know, governor romney has been heavily criticized from his own side, conservative critics, and the chorus has been pretty striking. the latest that got a lot of attention, charles crowdheimer in "the washington post." this was the headline. go large, mitt. and the argument was he was not creating a large contrast, talking in detail about what his presidency would mean. >> i think he just has to lay out his plan and his vision. and i like charles and the other folks who are laying out critical columns right now. but the fact of the matter is, in the end this is about governor romney over the next four or five weeks laying that vision out for folks. you know, folks like us obsess about this stuff, david. but the general public that i speak to in new jersey and elsewhere are just beginning to really tune in to this race. so they're going to start tuning in on wednesday night. and when they do, governor romney will lay out his vision for a better and greater america, for greater opportunity, for all of our citizens, and i think that's when you're going to
presidential candidate mitt romney both campaign in the battleground state of virginia today after nearly crossing paths in another key swing state, ohio. nbc's tracie potts is joining from us washington with those details. good morning. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. virginia, four years ago, the president won that state after 44 years of voters there selecting republicans, but then ey flipped and switched their democratic governor for a republican, so, some back and forth in virginia, and now the president hopes to win that state back. president obama and mitt romney campaign in virginia today, where median income is 23% higher than the national average, and unemployment's way lower, under 6%. like ohio wednesday, the president's expected to hammer romney for his comments on the 47% of voters who don't pay taxes. >> i don't know how many of you will be with me this time around, but -- but it doesn't matter, because i'm running to be your president, to represent everybody. >> we're going to help those that need our help. we're a compassionate people. >> reporter: romney's ten points be
mitt romney campaign today in the important battleground state of ohio. yesterday president obama addressed the united nations general assembly where syria and iran took center stage. nbc's tracie potts joins us with those details. >> reporter: good morning. the focus ohio, as you said, a key battleground state where the president now has a big lead. >> i accept that people will call me awful things every day, and i will always defend their right to do so. >> fresh off his speech at the united nations, president obama heads to ohio today with an eight-point lead according to "the washington post." mitt romney is there today, too, talking jobs and taxes. >> is there anybody who thinks that raising taxes will help grow the economy? >> no! >> his plan is to continue what he has done before. the status quo has not worked. >> romney attacking someone on taxes? that's like me attacking someone for being fashion nat in politics. >> reporter: romney is at a two-day bus tour with his running mate. >> after four years of getting the run-around, america needs a turn-around. >> reporter: it's
in that state. romney went after working class voters while president obama rallied at two colleges. early voting has already begun in more than two dozen states. >>> plus, still ahead here at 5:00, a health warning for a bay area city not used to that type of threat. >>> and it's an engagement photo they'll never forget, for all the wrong reasons. why a same sex couple is blaming a political campaign for stealing their memories. >>> plus -- >> pepper spray is unimaginable pain. >> the settlement after the spray. uc students learn how their pain and suffer willing be compensated. >>> and not just your above the ground guy. coming up, google takes on an underwater tour. >>> and good afternoon. i'm jeff ranieri in the nbc bay area weather center. temperatures above average with plenty of mid-80s, especially in the east bay with livermore at 86, and morgan hill in the low 80s. as temperatures rise this upcoming weekend, the air quality will suffer. we'll tell you who could it will hit close to 100 in the seven-day forecast. [ laughter ] [ girl ] wow. you guys have it easy. i wish i had u-vers
in all nine of the key battleground states, including ohio, which begins early balloting today. >> romney's task is difficult because he has to redefine himself as well as redefining the election. >> reporter: an election only 35 days away but still far from over. and the first debate is on the domestic issues that are defining this election. lynn? >>> brian moore in washington. brian, thanks. >>> well, elsewhere, the candidates for the u.s. senate seat in massachusetts, scott brown and elizabeth warren, debated for the second time last night. the two were combative as they staked out opposite positions on issues ranging from creating jobs to bringing troops home from afghanistan. with nbc's david gregory of "meet the press" as moderator, they also clashed over brown's claim of partisan independence. >> if he's re-elected, that increases the odds that the republicans will control the senate and that he can block president obama's agenda. >> if you're going to comment on my record, i would at least have you refer to it -- >> can we just -- >> excuse me. excuse me. we're not -- >> go ahead,
: where romney and obama don't agree is on how to fund those goals. president obama plans to reward states using national education standards known as the common core. >> we're going to give more money to those schools that are serious about reform. >> reporter: romney would rather let states set their own standards. but tie funding to students and let those students decide where to attend. >> i want to provide incentive at the federal level to encourage states, to encourage new choice. >> reporter: two different approaches, both aimed at improving our children's future. in new york city, i'm danielle leigh for nbc news. >>> something to consider while you make your decision. reading scorns the s.a.t.s for the high school class of 2012 reached a four decade low. according to the board that administers the test, scores declined among every racial group except for those of asian descent. 57% did not score high enough to indicate likely success in college. many experts attribute the continued ed decline to more tg the test, the highest number in the exam's history. >>> more people are underg
president obama had a lead. new polls tell us in some battleground states it's much closer. mitt romney's message to donors last night. romney is only two points behind president obama there, but seven points behind in new hampshire. >> now your job is in danger. >> reporter: both sides came out swinging with new campaign ads on thursday. >> if i could sit down around with you at your kitchen table, here is what i would say. >> reporter: something new called economic patriotism. >> an economic patriotism rooted in the belief that growing our economy begins with a strong and thriving middle class. >> romney saying the nation's debt is more than just paper. >> that is held by somebody. someone holds that. >> reporter: even supporters are split on how romney can win this race. >> he has to get a little more fire in the belly. >> he needs to stick be the facts. it's all about the economy. >> reporter: more than half the country has already started voting just days before the first presidential debate. more numbers now. gallup tells us that president obama's approval rating is still hovering
. governor romney calls it a mistake and objects to using federal money as obama has done to reward states that adopted common core. president obama has had tough words for teachers unions but has figured out a way to work with them. governor romney has also had sharp things to say about the unions. he believes they don't always work in the interest of students. president obama is in favor of continuing low interest government-subsidized student loans for college, while governor romney supported temporary extension of those loans. he'd like to see the private sector a lot more involved. >> interesting part. my next year's gathering we'll know who will be carrying out these policies. >> we will indeed. >> raheema ellis here with us for the past few days, thank you. >>> the supreme court has agreed to take up a case that's going to decide if a police officer can get a blood sample from a suspected drunk driver without having a warrant. it's a case from missouri where blood was drawn from the suspect without his consent. the trial court ruled it violated his right to be free of unreasonable s
. >> it's considered a must win state for mitt romney but it's now out of reach or is it. we'll have the latest from the campaign trail. plus -- >> coming up i'll show you how parents are fighting back after seeing an increase of prostitutes outside this san jose elementary school. >> prostitutes near the playground. parents say it's happening near washington elementary school in san jose. >> not just at night but actually during school hours. marianne favro joins us with a look at the problem and what parents are doing. they have to be outraged. >> reporter: they certainly are. they say it's been going on for months. more than 100 parents plan to walk this neighborhood tomorrow night to raise awareness about the prostitution problem here. they say that hookers are doing business right in front of this school. school's out at washington elementary in san jose. parents are on edge worried what their kids will see on the way home. too often they see prostitutes. >> they happen in the day, in the night, all the time. you can see ladies walking in the street. >> alicia grew up in this ne
numbers. barack obama's ahead in nearly every national poll and battle ground state poll. but what do we really make of the crunchers who say mitt romney has just a 1-5 chance to win this election? hi, i'm chris mathews. welcome to the show. with us today, new york magazine's john, trish and kelly and the huffington post's d howard. with just over a month to go for mitt romney, given the polls, the debates may be it. it could change the narrative that has dogged him or cemented. romney has the same urgent must-do list that he at the republican convention. only now could be his last chance. today we're going to look at romney's career, back at his career, at some missteps in past debates and also at some gems from barack obama. first up, first on romney's must-do list, get likable. and avoid this kind of reaction when governor rick perry charged that romney had hired illegal lawn workers. >> i'm speaking. i'm speaking. i'm speaking. i'm speaking. you get 30 seconds. this is the way the rules work here. is that i get 60 seconds. and you get -- >> but the american people want the truth. the
romney in all key swing states, experts say it could hurt the gop. >> all totalled in these nine battleground states and we're going to see, look, romney needs a shift of a whole discussion and reframing of the campaign. >> romney says he's looking forward to the event and hopes for one liners and gotcha statements. >>> a ban of carrying rifles and shotguns, the new law makes it a misdemeanor to display an unloaded firearm outside of a vehicle. there are exemptions for hunters and rural areas. this was introduced after unloaded guns in protests and rallies over previous good laws. the ban sparked lengthy debates with the bill attempting to infringe on second amendment rights. >>> are you ready for football in los angeles? it's been 17 years since the raiders left l.a. to return to the bay area. here comes another attempt to get an nfl franchise in l.a. the city council in los angeles today unanimously approved plans to develop a 72,000 seat stadium in downtown l.a. it's not a done deal, though. the league still has to approve the deal and as of right now there's no franchise to p
. but their running mates hit the trail in swing states. vice president biden said team romney would hike middle class taxes, while congressman ryan swung back. >> how they can justify raising taxes on the middle class has been buried the last four years. >> the obama economic agenda failed not because it was stopped. it failed because it was passed. >> the university of denver will host the debate tomorrow. you can watch it here live on nbc bay area. the topic for this first debate is domestic policy around the moderator is jim lehr. >>> a massive recall for a list of popular peanut butter brands is expanding tonight. new mexico-based sunland is now adding more store brand names to its recall list. the company provides peanut butter and other nut products to major chains. some of the brand names include target's archer farms, safe waive open nature and fresh and easy. also on the list are nature valley, earthbalance and serious food. the recall first began after some people started getting sick after eating trader joe's brand peanut butter. the centers for disease control and prevention there are at
and mitt romney were keenly aware of the buckeye state's place in history. no republican has won the white house without it. romney went out of his way to show his compassionate side greeting world war ii veterans and courting working class families. >> these are tough times even for families with jobs. i know what it takes to get this economy going again. i care about the people of america. >> reporter: it's a delivered effort, analysts say, with a tv ad designed to show empathy and soften his image. >> president obama and i both care about poor, working class families, the difference is, my policies will make things better for them. >> reporter: and despite relentless criticism of obama care, romney touted how his own health care overhaul in massachusetts helped families. >> don't forget, i got everybody in my state insured, 100% of the kids in our state have health insurance, i don't think there's anything that shows more empathy and care about the people of this country than that kind of record. >> reporter: still, president obama is furiously working to frame his opponent as out of to
their current pension plan. >>> recent polls show that gop candidate mitt romney is trailing president obama by 3% to 7%. another pivotal state, iowa drawing attention today. because it's the first of a so-called battleground states to begin early voting. strategies and researchers project that more than one in three voters will cast their ballots before election day. election officials confirmed the request for absentee ballots in some areas are already up 30% over 2008. >>> he illustrated cartoon bombs, a bright red line and a warning to the world. a warning about iran. today israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu described his fears about iran producing a nuclear bomb. now, the international community is reacting. danielle lee has our story. >>> from a fight over the west bank to fears about a nuclear program. benjamin netanyahu spoke at the united nations. >> a great battle is being raged. >> reporter: just one day after mahmoud ahmadinejad accused the u.s. and the west of intimidation. >> a red line should be drawn right here before iran completes a second stage of nuclear enrichment
. >>> and on the presidential campaign trail today, mitt romney acknowledges he is fighting an uphill battle in the battleground state of pennsylvania, but he maintains he can win there, as attention is already turning to the debates next week, which could be a game-changer. good evening, peter. >> reporter: savannah, good evening to you, this weekend both mitt romney and the president have light schedules planned. instead, they will be hunkering down in private, focusing on trying to refine their message ahead of next week's debate, that will be watched by the largest audience that either of them has seen all campaign. rallying supporters in pennsylvania this afternoon, mitt romney made this bold promise. >> you're right, they're wrong, and we'll win pennsylvania and take the white house. >> reporter: but for that to happen with polls showing him trailing the president, analysts say romney must change the trajectory of the race. in a discussion, he acknowledged this is an important opportunity. >> and i think it will give people a chance to understand where we actually stand, as opposed to where our opposition
president obama in this pivotal swing state. in dayton tuesday romney hammered mr. obama on tacks. >> i admit this one thing he did not do in his first four years, he has said he is going to do in the next four years which is to raise taxes, and is there anybody that thinks that raising taxes will help grow the economy? >> reporter: an attack over tacks is actually a change for romney, who is often accused the president of raising taxes in his first term. romney is looking to jump-start his campaign with a good performance in the first debate one week from today. the man who plays mr. obama in romney's mock debate sessions, though, tried to lower expectations playing up the president's experience. >> he has been through a lot of those one-on-one debates with a republican. mitt has not, and you think about it, he hasn't had a real debate in ten years because these republican debates tend to be more like candidate forums. >> reporter: tuesday the chief candidates both made whirlwind visits to new york city. president obama aaddressed the u.n. general assembly addressing iran's efforts to
romney trailing president obama by 3% to 7%. another pivotal state, iowa is drawing attention today. because it is the first of the so-called battleground states to begin early voting. strategists and researchers project that more than one in three voters will cast their ballots before election day. and iowa officials say that the requests are already up 30%. over 2008. >> and it gets really interesting now. the first debate between the two is next wednesday evening. >> for some insight into the stakes, let's bring in nbc bay area political analyst. and both the candidates have been downplaying how they'll do in these debates but how much is riding on these. >> gosh, about everything. with less than six weeks to go, upwards of 60 million people will be watching. and for the 7% undecided voters and maybe 10% who would consider their minds one way or the other. the debates in all likelihood will make the difference. the debates sure matter in 2008. going in, obama and republican challenger john mccain were neck in neck. post debates gave obama victories in each case. he soared from th
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look at the spread and you look he battleground state, on the order of seven points that mitt romney has to make up, it's a lot of ground to try to move if you have a smaller pool of undecided voters. that's a big hurdle right now for mitt romney. >> and what do you have coming up on "meet the press" this morning, david? >> the state of the race, governor chris christie, white house adviser david plouffe. >> david gregory, thank you very much. and, jenna, before i throw it to you, let me let you know once again we have a good crowd of soldiers here who have joined us at our location at joint headquarters here in kabul. it's okay to wave. and we're going to be talking to them and let them say hi to the folks at home later in the broadcast. for now, we'll send it back to you. >> lester, thanks. i love the fact they took the time to make signs. they make signs wherever the "today" show goes. that's wonderful to see. lester, thank you. >>> now let's head over to the news desk and craig melvin. good morning to you. >> jenna, good morning. good morning, everyone. we start with some drama i
who will shape events in the middle east. >> reporter: in our presidential election, romney is trailing in colorado. and in ohio, a must-win state for him where he campaigns tomorrow. >> look, we're going to win. there's no question in my mind. we're going to win. >> reporter: six weeks to go. one reason president obama is limiting diplomatic time at the u.n. i'm steve handelsman, nbc news, washington. >>> iran's president had harsh words for israel and the united states during his address to the united nations today in new york. ahmadinejad accused the united states of shielding a fake regime, meaning israel. in reference to the anti-islam video produced in the u.s., he also said islam other countries misuse the middle east. he denies iran is supplying weapons to the government of syria, claiming iran is neutral and syria is civil war. >>> a recall involving peanut butter. >>> kari walsh reveals why her big win at the london olympics was a little bit special. >>> coming up, we go one on one with this guy, the founder of twitter, who wants you to help him become a movie dire
, too. i hate to tell you. >> reporter: mitt romney practicing with ohio senator rob portman looks like he's been getting a workout. the president sparring with john kerry, even chose a key suburb in nevada, a battleground state, for his practice session. neither candidate is known as a great debater. aides say the president doesn't like to talk in sound bites, and can be patronizing. >> you're likeable enough, hillary. >> thank you. >> reporter: romney, say advisers, can come off as out of touch with average voters. >> rick, i'll tell you what, 10,000 bucks? $10,000 bet? >> reporter: in the 52 years since the debates were first televised the first rule is appearances count. nixon should have shaved. al bush shouldn't have sighed. and the camera never blinks. challengers can benefit just by being on the stage with an incumbent president. >> are you better off than you were four years ago? >> reporter: it helps to have a well rehearsed one-liner. >> governor, there you go again. >> reporter: most memorably, lloyd bentsen's takedown of dan quayle in 1988. >> jack kennedy was a friend of m
. both the president and romney are running through full rehearsals to fine tune their talking points. as of this morning, president obama has the lead in all nine of the key battle ground states. both campaigns say to him night is important to reach undecided voters. >> it will be a conversation. we will get to describe our views. >> the choice of two paths for this country. it's a choice between two fundamentally different visions for our nation. >> you can watch the debate in its entirety on nbc bay area. the topic is domestic policy. coverage starts wednesday night at 6:00. >>> in a move to save money, milpitas may put the police department on the chopping block. considering outsourcing law enforcement to the santa clara county sheriff's office. it is on the agenda at the meeting tonight which is open to the public. this is all happening at 7:00 p.m. at city hall. >>> another bay area city says it wants to dump its weekly garbage collection. according to "the palo alto weekly," they are trying to keep organic waste out of landfills. if homeownerss sorted their foo scraps, there wo
to introduce to you the next president of the united states governor mitt romney. >> mitt romney landed in colorado monday night with the endorsement of legend john elway. >> what an honor. what a welcome. what a colorado welcome. thank you so much. >> the governor's first and only event ahead of tomorrow's big presidential debate was at a packed air and space museum in denver. >> people want to know who's going to win, who is going to score the punches. in my view it's not so much winning or losing or even the people t president and myself. it's about something bigger than that. >> still playing off the enthusiastic crowd, romney appeared to test out new zingers including this one on the key stone oil pipe line halted by the obama administration. >> i'm going to get that pipe line from canada if i have to build it myself. >> paul ryan was greeted by his family in iowa before kicking off a bus tour in dubuque where he emphasized the importance of the debates. >> we're entering the debate phase, the choice phase of this campaign. and this choice is ever so clear. >> president obama is hu
'm asking you to stand with me. >> reporter: the president is gripping onto a small lead in swing states, including iowa where a poll shows mitt romney trailing by four points. and lists say romney needs to change the trajectory of the race. his running mate paul ryan says he is not concerned, even acknowledging campaign mistakes. >> we had missteps. but at the end of the day, the choice is really clear and we're giving people a clear choice. >> governor romney, he is a good debater. i'm just okay. >> reporter: for days, both sides have been tapping down debate expectations. >> we expect governor romney to have a good debate, he's shown to be a good debater through the years. >> sometimes we expect a major break through, the comment that -- that doesn't happen often. >> reporter: new jersey governor chris christie took a different tact predicting romney would do extraordinarily well and turn the race upside down. >> thursday morning, this race will change. >> reporter: if the president is trying to avoid the campaign next several days, it is tough to do. if he turns on the local news at
on wednesday. on thursday both candidates were in virginia appealing to veterans in a state with strong military ties. the president is attending several fund-raisers today in washington, d.c. mitt romney, meanwhile, is campaigning today in the philadelphia area and in boston. >>> soil samples are being taken today as part of a new search for teamsters union boss jimmy hoffa who disappeared in 1975. investigators will dig beneath a driveway in suburban detroit. that's where a tipster claims he saw a body that might have been hoffa being buried 37 years ago. >>> now for a look at what is trending today. our quick roundup of what has you talking online. oscar-winning actress reese witherspoon is trending after giving birth to a baby boy. "people" reports tennessee james toth was born 0 thursday, her first child with hubby jim toth. she has two children from a previous marriage to actor ryan felipe. facebook let's people buy and send real, not virtual, gifts. they have been under pressure to raise money since its public stock debuted in may. >>> and the nfl refs were a target for "snl"'s s
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